St. Cloud colder than normal first time since 1996

Monday, January 5, 2009


ST. CLOUD, Minn. – According to St. Cloud State University Meteorologist Bob Weisman, St. Cloud experienced a colder than normal year for the first time since 1996, as well as the fourth snowiest December since 1969.

  • The average temperature in 2008 was 40.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees below normal.
  • Total precipitation in 2008 was 27.36 inches, just above normal.
  • The growing season lasted 157 days, the longest growing season since 1970.
  • The first frost occurred Oct. 4, one of the latest frosts in St. Cloud records.
  • The first hard freeze was Oct. 21, among the latest 10% in St. Cloud records.
  • In December, the average temperature was 8.5 degrees, 5.9 below normal.
  • December 2008 was the 15th coldest in St. Cloud recorded history.
  • It snowed 23 inches in December, more than 14 inches above normal.
  • There were 11 days with measurable snowfall in December.
  • December also yielded five days with temperatures -20 degrees or lower.

Weisman’s St. Cloud weather summaries are available at

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